Good news is on the horizon for those wishing to travel to Thailand. The CCSA has just updated Thailand’s entry requirements, making it easier to enter the land of smiles – with a big smile.
From March 1, air, land and sea travelers will be able to register to enter Thailand under the revised “Test and Go” program, with reduced minimum medical insurance coverage and a single PCR test. at the arrival. Travelers approved under the new requirements will be able to enter Thailand from March 7.
Here are the highlights of the latest changes…
- Required prepaid accommodation has been reduced to just 1 night
- COVID-19 testing has been revised to 1 RT-PCR test on arrival and 1 self-ATK test on Day 5
- Required insurance policy has been reduced to include a minimum of $20,000 of COVID-19 coverage
How to enter Thailand?
The 3 entry points are air (direct international flight or domestic transit via dedicated flight), land (at the border posts of Nong Khai and Songkhla) and sea (yacht).
All travelers are eligible to arrive by plane and yacht, including Thai nationals and international travelers from all countries and territories.
Thai citizens and international travelers from neighboring countries connected to the reopened border checkpoints at Nong Khai (Laos border) and Songkhla (Malaysian border) can enter by land.
How to register to enter Thailand?
If you plan to take a flight, take a bus or drive a car, you will need to register to enter using the Thailand Pass system. Registration is free. Please visit the official government website here.
NOTE: The system currently only allows the candidate to travel by air. It is expected to be updated from March 1 to also allow registration for land entry.
If you are one of the few considering entering a yacht, you will need to register for entry using the old entry certificate system. The COE website was replaced in November 2021 with the introduction of the Thailand Pass system. Yacht travelers should apply directly to the nearest Thai Embassy or Consulate General in your country.
What are the quarantine requirements?
Quarantine requirements also vary depending on your mode of entry. For travelers planning to arrive by air or at a land border under the Test & Go program, there will be…
“No quarantine, but day 1 must await COVID-19 test result at an SHA Extra Plus (SHA++) or approved alternative quarantine facility.”
To clarify, the Thai government considers your arrival date as day 0. So technically day 1 is the first day after you arrive in the country.
“No quarantine” means they have removed the required 14 day (15 night) hotel quarantine at your own expense. Now you will only have to spend one night in an approved hotel, until you receive your negative test result the next day, usually in the morning. But the Test & Go option is only available for fully vaccinated travellers.
It’s the same for those arriving by yacht, except you’ll need to stay overnight on the boat, until you receive your negative test result the next day. You cannot move your boat, you must keep your AIS on at all times, you cannot put your dinghy in the water and only officials are allowed to board your boat.
What updated documents do I need to provide?
When registering online, you will be required to provide the following documents regarding accommodation, health insurance, and COVID-19 testing…
- Proof of prepayment for 1 night’s accommodation on arrival at a government-approved hotel, such as SHA Extra Plus (SHA++)
- A health insurance policy with COVID-19 coverage of at least $20,000 (Thais and foreign expatriates covered by Thai national medical coverage are exempt from this requirement)
- A medical certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 was not detected within 72 hours prior to travel
- A certificate of COVID-19 vaccination or recovery from a recent infection within the last 6 months
- Obviously, foreign nationals will have to provide a copy of their passport and the corresponding visa, if necessary
What are the updated requirements for medical insurance?
While in Thailand as a foreign traveler, your insurance must cover costs related to COVID-19, including a minimum coverage for medical expenses of USD 20,000 and hospital isolation. This is a reduction from the previously required minimum coverage amount of $50,000.
The reduction in minimum medical coverage likely reflects recent changes in health insurance company policies. In addition, your insurance policy must be valid for the entire duration of your stay in Thailand. To simplify the process, you can purchase valid medical insurance for your trip directly on the Thailand Pass website. But other options exist, if you’re willing to seek them out.
Thailand Pass Entry Insurance Packages HERE.
What are the updated COVID-19 testing requirements?
- For arrivals by air and land: The first test is an RT-PCR test on arrival (wait for the result at the hotel), and the second test is an auto-ATK test on day 5 (the result must be reported via the app)
- For arrivals by water: The first test is an RT-PCR test on arrival (wait for the result on board the ship), and the second test is an auto-ATK test on day 5 (the result must be reported via the app)
How long does it take to apply for a Thailand Pass?
The official processing time for Thailand Pass applications is 3-7 days. The Thailand Pass will not allow check-in less than 2 days before departure. They recommend that you plan your trip at least 7 days in advance, to ensure enough time for the registration and approval process in the Thailand Pass system and to eliminate the need for travelers to adjust their travel routes. In case of emergency, you can send your request accompanied by the supporting documents to the following email address: [email protected]
SOURCES: TAT | Rolly Tasker